Cattle & Livestock in Colorado: Past, Present, & Future

The beautiful state of Colorado is known for its vast, rich lands. Originally gaining popularity as an attraction for people that were flocking there hoping to strike it rich off of the gold rush; most had decided to settle there to indulge in a different profession; cattle and livestock. Colorado is known producing some of the healthiest cattle and livestock, and the freshest agricultural that one can find. Through its vast production and resources, Colorado farmers and ranchers help to feed the world. For the United States especially, if the importing relationships with other countries were to ever go awry, Colorado is more than equipped to supply the country through its abundant resources.  

Past

The gold rush in 1859 attracted people from all over the country and beyond to northeastern Colorado, with the hopes of striking it rich. Most were not successful in finding the riches in which they desired. However, many made the most of their new environment by deciding to settle and start their new life, in the beautiful state of Colorado. With all of the vast, rich land that can be found in Colorado, many of the settlers decided to invest in cattle and livestock.  
 
The soil on Colorado state is “Seitz soil” which consists of well-drained, extremely deep, and slowly permeable soils that were formed from sedimentary, igneous, and volcanic rock. The rich soil vast grasslands are one of the main reasons why agriculture, cattle, and livestock thrive so well. 

Present

When it comes to Colorado’s agriculture and farming, the state holds a number of records. Colorado ranks number one nationally in the production of millet. The grass grown from the millet serves as nourishing feed for various birds and livestock. However, the number one agricultural commodity are cattle and calves, with approximately 3 million head of cattle in the state, that are worth more than $3.5 billion Lamb, sheep, and wool production rank fourth in the nation.  
 
Facts About Colorado State Agriculture: 

– Calves and cattle are the number one leading agricultural commodity, with almost 3 million head of cattle  
-Cows produce more than 2.5 billion pounds of milk per year 
-2.7 million pounds of honey are produced each year, by just over 36,000 bee colonies 
-There are over 100,000 jobs in Colorado related to the field of agriculture 
-Agriculture contributes just over $40 billion dollars to the state’s economy 

Future 

Colorado ranchers and farmers help to feed the world. As time moves forward, there is a constant expansion of items that are produced. For example, in addition to meat, milk, eggs, and commodities of that nature, the state also produces grapes, mushrooms, beans, and other specialty crops. They’ve begun to diversify their business into raising bison, elk, and fish (aquaculture).  
 
In the event that something was to happen, hindering imported goods from other countries to the United States, states such as Colorado are equipped to supply the country with much needed food that will sustain households for years to come.  
 
The Top 10 Farm and Ranch Products Produced in Colorado are: 
 
1. Cattle and Calves 
2. Dairy Products 
3. Wheat 
4. Corn and Grain 
5. Miscellaneous Crops 
6. Hogs 
7. Hay 
8. Eggs and Poultry 
9. Potatoes 
10. Other Livestock (such as sheep and lambs) 
 
With constant advancements, more and more products will be produced in the already billion-dollar, bustling farming and agriculture industry. Colorado has already consistently held the position as the leading state in supplying the world with resources. We may be in for a pleasant surprise to see just how much more Colorado will dominate the field in the years to come. 

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